For Flexible Elements at IT Conversations
- Announcing my self-reconfiguring modular robotics podcast, first episode with Kasper Stoy
- Building and programming 1024 robots in ep 2 of the Flexible Elements Podcast with Michael Rubenstein
- Electropermanent Magnets with Kyle Gilpin MIT in EP 3 of the Flexible Elements Podcast
- Magnetic connectors for a modular robot aimed at gastric surgery with Zoltan Nagy
- In episode 5 of Flexible Elements podcast we hear Chih-Han Yu talk about how he uses AI to make module robotics robuster to the complexities the real world
- Wei-Min Shen is a guest in the sixth episode of the Flexible Elements podacst!
- Juan Gonzalez Gomez talks about his open source 3D printable snake robots in the seventh episode of the Flexible Elements podacst!
- Victor Kuo talks about how he is working on solving the cross talk problem when using radio communication between modules in SRCMR in the eighth episode of the Flexible Elements podacst!
- Andreas Lyder talk about his work in SRCMR Specifically the Odin and Thor systems in the ninth episode of the Flexible Elements podcast.
For Robots the podcast
- Self-Organizing Systems with Radhika Nagpal from Harvard
- Advances in Bipedal Locomotion Subramanian Ramamoorthy from the University of Edinburgh
- From Reasearch to Industry in the AUV Market with David Lane from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh
- Connectors & Modular Robots with Martin Nilsson from SICS in Stockholm
Short summary of the interviews in chronological order use the title link to read more and listen
In this episode we hear Andreas Lyder talk about his work in
Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robotics. Specifically, his interesting
work with the Odin system, which is a strut based deforming system.
This is interesting from another point of view than the systems where
modules rearrange themselves among each other. The deforming or
transforming property, while in a fixed configuration, will be
tremendously interesting in Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robotics
systems in the future as it can provide fast, high resolution
actuation when the scope of the change is not too large. The
rearranging of modules and the changing of their properties will both
play an integral part in any future system. Lyder also talks about his
recent work with a new system, called Thor, that consists of units
that each have a different function, like for example engines and
angular actuators. To get the robot system you need, you assemble the
appropriate modules and program the new robot to do what you need.
Flexible Elements Episode 8
In this episode we hear Victor Kuo talk about how he has developed
radio communication that can handle many transmitters sending at the
same time, which was a major obstacle to using radios for module to
module communication. This will be a very powerful tool as it can
handle the communication in all distances from global communication,
to near distance and ultra near distance and also could be used to
communicate when the modules are connected.
In this episode we hear Juan Gonzalez Gomez talk about the snake
modular robots he is developing. Everything is fully open source,
so if you want to test making your own you can get started right
away. But we start from the beginning and hear how he got started.
As for so many others active in the field, it was with the work
of Mark Yim, and that is also where the Y in the name of his
modules comes from. Gonzalez Gomez also talks about the
different gaits already implemented in the snakes -
there is even one that regular snakes can’t do! He also talks
about the work with CPG, Central Pattern Generators, and the
cooperation he is starting with biologists to develop
new approaches to CPG gaits.
Flexible Elements Episode 6
In this episode I am proud to have Dr. Wei-Min Shen tell us about his
work, that has a fantastic depth and is fundamental to the development
of Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robotics. We hear about the early work
and how he even won a world championship in football! We also get the
full story behind his 3 am discovery of the hormonal control approach,
where the reconfiguration process is controlled in the same way as for
instance ants are controlled. We also hear about Dr Shen’s work
developing the Conro and Superbot systems and we talk about the Singo
connector, connector problems in general and much more. I am so
grateful that Dr Shen agreed to take part in the podcast.
In this episode we hear Chih-Han Yu talk about how he uses AI to make module based solutions robuster to handle complex real world situations better. He works with strut based systems, where the struts are able to adjust there length, that mean that this system is reconfigurable in another way compared to systems that rearranges the modules among them self. This is an essential part of any future Self-Reconfiguring Modular robotic system as it allows fast, reliable, high resolution reconfiguration that use little energy.
Flexible Elements Episode 4
Magnetic connectors for a modular robot aimed at gastric surgery with Zoltan Nagy
In this episode Zoltan Nagy talks about his work with magnetic connectors for a modular robot aimed at gastric surgery. The aim is to develop a system with pieces that can be swallowed individually and that assembles in the stomach and performs surgery. Nagy studied the optimal design of the magnetic connector, and surprisingly the difference in connection success was significant for seemingly similar configurations of the magnetic properties.
Flexible Elements Episode 3
Electropermanent Magnets with Kyle Gilpin MIT in EP 3 of the Flexible Elements Podcast
In this episode we hear Kyle Gilpin talk about his work with
electropermanent magnets. Electropermanent magnets make excellent
connectors for modular robots as they are strong, small, solid state,
consume power only when connecting or disconnecting, and they can also
handle communication and power transfer. We also hear about how Kyle
used electropermanent magnets to build a 12 mm cube robot pebble. It
uses controlled disassembly to “sculpt” objects by releasing the
modules that aren’t in the object you want. We also talk about using
electropermanent magnets in motor applications. They are interesting
in this context, as they can operate at low RPM’s, which is important
when modules scale and it gets harder to use gear boxes.”
Flexible Elements Episode 2
Building and programming 1024 robots in ep 2 of the Flexible Elements Podcast with Michael Rubenstein
In the second episode of the Flexible Elements podcast we hear Michael Rubenstein talk about how he is developing software and hardware to address one of the biggest challenges in Self Re-Configuring Modular Robotics. How shall we handle the large number of robots that we need in Self Re-Configuring Modular Robotics? Controlling thousands of robots is hard, and doing so reliably and efficiently is even harder. Michael talks about building, managing and controlling 1024 robots.
Flexible Elements Episode 1
Announcing my self-reconfiguring modular robotics podcast, first episode first episode with Kasper Stoy
The episode covers all the major challenges, from module and connector hardware to power and communications network, reconfiguring algorithms and design and programming of solutions, and this is, an many other things, naturally what the rest of the series will cover more in detail. I am very grateful that prof Kasper Stoy graciously helped me with this first episode, I think his help gave the series the best possible start!